10 amazing photos of Ramadan from around the world

Indian Muslim boys offer prayers prior to breaking their fast on the first day of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan at Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad. [Noah Seelam / AFP / Getty Images]

More than 1.5 billion Muslims around the world are marking the holy month of Ramadan, which started Thursday. Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is the month in which the first verses of the Qur’an were revealed by Allah to the Prophet Muhammad.

Eric Otieno: ‘I love my Muslim friends’

Eric Otieno is a Kenyan poet and writer. [Image courtesy of Eric Otieno]

I have Muslim friends whom I’ve grown up with. People I cherish. People I’d never want anyone to hurt. We schooled together and even played “bano,” “ball ya juala,” “kalongolongo,” and “cha ma-gun.” Through high school, campus and other institutions I have worked in and with, some have been my best friends and continue to… Continue reading…

Hating Abdalla, Loving Johnny: Idiosyncrasies of the Westernized Somali

According to UK's The Independent newspaper, Amal Farah has not seen her family for eight years after telling them she had become an atheist and married a Jewish lawyer.

When John Ralston Saul  asserted in his book, “Voltaire’s Bastards: The Dictatorship of Reason in the West,”  that the rule of reason, which rescued the masses from the arbitrariness of royalty and religion, has not been without its arbitrariness and tyranny, he must have foreseen the fanaticism that would define the 21st century Westernized abolitionist Somali sect… Continue reading…

According to CNN, Conversion to Islam Means ‘Conversion to Terror’


Want to know a quick way in which Kenyan youth can be radicalized? CNN might just have an answer for that. In the wake of the Westgate attack in September, the news network claimed in a recent report that al-Shabaab is working to recruit vulnerable youths in Kenya. Al-Shabaab’s tactic: radicalizing new converts to Islam…. Continue reading…

9 Stunning Photos From The Hajj [+ VIDEO]

Muslim pilgrims pray outside the Grand Mosque on Oct. 23 [Hassan Ammar/AP]

More than one million Muslims from around the world are in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to perform the annual Hajj pilgrimage, one of the five pillars of Islam. The pilgrimage is the largest annual gathering in the world. During the course of the Hajj, pilgrims make a lot supplications, prayers and ask Allah for forgiveness. Every able-bodied Muslim who can afford… Continue reading…

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